- any sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
- an ovolo molding, especially one having an outline with several radii or one carved with an egg-and-dart pattern.
- the prominent circular molding supporting the abacus of a Doric or Tuscan capital.
- Also called cymatium.the circular molding, usually carved with an egg-and-dart pattern, forming part of an Ionic capital between the volutes and under the balteus.
Origin of echinus
1325–75; Middle English < Latin < Greek echînos hedgehog, sea urchin
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Examples from the Web for echini
The sea-urchins or Echini, so abundant in white chalk, afford a good illustration.
In the same stone the claws of crabs, fragments of echini, and other signs of a neighbouring beach are observed.
Also, batoons of St. Paul, the fossil spines of echini, found in Malta and elsewhere.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- architect an ovolo moulding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
- any of the sea urchins of the genus Echinus, such as E. esculentus (edible sea urchin) of the Mediterranean
C14: from Latin, from Greek ekhinos